Find Your Super Sip at In-Tea


May 20 2010, 7:44 AM
I'm more into coffee than tea, mostly because the latter remains a bit of an enigma. Do I choose black, white, green, or herbal? And from there, do I prefer Darjeeling, oolong, or rooibos? (Sigh. Right about now is when I order a latte.) Enter In-Tea, a tea emporium located on South Kipling Parkway in Littleton. The shop not only specializes in artisanal whole-leaf teas, but owner Carole Bright-Alvarez makes it her business to educate customers about all things tea. To wit: She's designed a questionnaire that establishes your perfect sip---a tea fitting, if you will. After answering a dozen or so questions, including my preferences for cheese (hard/stinky, mild/firm, soft/creamy), caffeine (low, medium, high), and chocolate (white, milk, dark, very dark), Bright-Alvarez arrived at four options. So far, I've only sipped the pineapple-mango (which isn't nearly as fruity as it sounds), and I'm anxious to try the Wu Yi oolong, which promises hints of raisin, honeysuckle, and roasted barley. Bonus: Log your tea preferences on an index card, and the shop will keep it on file. 8174 S. Kipling Parkway, Littleton, 720-981-2512